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Contestants of the 2015 Mr. Indian Pageant pictured are front row, from left: Jakob Beckley, Chase Wendte (guest performer), Ryan Tillman; middle row: Christian Freezeland, Brandon Hosick, Nicholas Tkachuk, Klaiton Wolff; back row: Wade Stuckey, Peyton Austin, and Parker Asplin.

The Altamont Grade School participants in the Community Collaborative Rain, Hail, and Snow Network program were recently recognized for their efforts in collecting 1073 weather reports and measuring 258.47 inches of precipitation. The students involved in the program are, front row, from left: Garret Schultz, Isaac Crow, Kendyl Schultz, and Jared Hammer; back row, Natalie Solan, Jacob Hammer, Nathan Hill, Mary Guse, Adrianna Harris, and coordinator Ralph Rounds.

Wendy Rhodes paints an American Flag draped around a carved eagle. She and her father Mike Rhodes started Bear Tracks Chainsaw Carvings in 2005.

Bonnie Shelton peruses the items for auction at the Phil Wells benefit on Feb. 7.

Waltripʼs Corner restaurant in Post Oak serves 60-80 people per day despite no advertisement or signage. Joan stated that business has been much better than she envisioned. Ground was broken on the building in July 2014. Dallas Durbin built the building, while Steve Waltrip finished the interior.


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Schuetzenfest Fish Fry Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 18 February 2015 08:59

The Altamont Schuetzenfest will hold a fish fry on Friday, Feb. 27 at the Carriage House Event Center.

Meal will include fish, fries, hushpuppies, slaw, and baked beans for $7 per plate.

Doors open at 4 p.m. and serving will be 5-9 p.m.

There will also be $2 draft beers and a bake sale.

All proceeds benefit the Altamont Schuetzenfest.

“Build it, and they will come” rings true for Waltrips Print E-mail
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Written by Administrator   
Tuesday, 17 February 2015 16:29

For the Waltrip family of rural Brownstown, the famous line from the 1989 movie Field of Dreams has taken on a personal meaning after the opening of their restaurant and general store in the Post Oak area. Despite the fact that the family has spent no money on advertising and doesn’t even have a sign out front, locals are flocking to Waltrip’s Corner.
“I just have faith that it’ll work out,” said Joan Waltrip. Joan stated that the idea of starting a restaurant in the area was something that she had considered since she and her husband Steve moved to Post Oak in 1994.
After working for Graham Packaging for 32 years, she began praying about her next step as the plant was closing down.
Joan said that she has always enjoying cooking. “It wasn’t like I was watching cooking shows or anything, but I like to cook simple meals,” she stated.


ALIS dinner auction to raise funds on Valentine’s Day Print E-mail
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Monday, 09 February 2015 13:17

The ALIS dinner auction will be held on Saturday, Feb. 14 at the Carriage House Event Center beginning with a 5 p.m. social hour. Dinner will be served at 6 p.m. The incomplete list of items includes: a gun safe, handmade wooden bench constructed from an ACHS bleacher, St. Louis Blues tickets, handmade wood dump trailer, handmade burlap wreath, John Deere wagon for kids, handmade wooden cooler, golf training bag, yard ornament windmill, St. Louis Cardinals T-shirt quilt and game tickets, Ashley rocker/recliner, personalized wooden cooler, wine rack, birthday parties hosted by the Altamont Fire Department and Mayce’s, experiences such as a family pool party, Mayce’s party, red solo cup triathlon, and wine trip party. ALIS class projects include: Little Tree House book series, fire pit, eighth grade ALIS T-shirt quilt, book shelf, and step ping.

Mason Civic Center Spaghetti Dinner rescheduled Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 17 February 2015 16:07

The Mason Civic Center spaghetti dinner originally scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 21 has been rescheduled.
The dinner will be held on Saturday, March 7, 4-7 p.m.
There will be a dance 6-9 p.m. with music by the Tri-County Players.
A pie auction will be held during the intermission of the dance.
For more information, call Peggy Jinks at (618) 238-4488. 

Busy board gives unanimous consent on new TIFs Print E-mail
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Monday, 09 February 2015 13:12

At the regular meeting of the St. Elmo City Board on Monday, Feb. 2, Mayor Ernie Myers discussed his efforts to set up two new tax increment financing (TIF) districts in St. Elmo. One would include an area near the Interstate 70 interchange to which Myers would like to attract a truck stop. The board gave their unanimous consent to him to continue his efforts.
Finance Chairman Dylan Myers reported seeing trucks filling rest areas to maximum capacity, believing that a truck stop in St. Elmo could provide revenue to the city.
“That’s one worthwhile venture,” stated Parks, Local Improvements, and ZoningChairman Charles Bosomworth.

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